AARON KRACH - L.A. Paris, New York INTERVIEW
Aaron Krach is a “creative personality” who lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. As an artist, he has exhibited photographs and installations from Seattle to Sao Paulo. In 2004, his first novel, Half-Life, was published. He is a senior editor at Cargo magazine. Born in Michigan, but raised in California, Krach can’t imagine living anywhere else but New York.
We have read the Half-Life, loved it, and are really happy that Aaron has accepted the invitation to do this amazing L.A. Paris, New York interview. Enjoy the ride...
AK: Because that’s where I grew up and where my book, “Half-Life” is set; it’s also creepy-cool and bizarre (in a good way, usually).
AK: Not really sure. Except that I’ve been obsessing over birds lately. A flock of pigeons live outside my office window. And an amazing bird shop called “Thirty Third and Bird” (because it’s near Thirty-Third Street and Third Avenue) is right next to my psychiatrist’s office. And I love to walk by afterward my appointments and see the birds. If only they didn’t poo or make any kind of mess. Then I would bring home a dozen.
AK: I am a total party animal. Sometimes I’m so busy going out all the time that I can’t even stop to answer email. (This is not true.)
Ak: Oh, because I detest the way religion is used by the American government and its people. I detest the way religion is used by other countries to inspire extremism, hate and even terrorism. Religion should stay in the home. I don’t even want to hear you talk about it. Religious people have caused enough trouble already.
AK: That’ what I’m going to be when I write 10 more books and each sells a million copies. I’ll be the gay J.K. Rowling? And then I’ll be able to afford a flock of birds for my apartment and pay someone to come and clean the bird shit up every night so I can pretend that they don’t shit at all. Then I’ll give the rest of the money away to people fighting religious extremism of any kind.
AK: I’d be telling a lie if I said I didn’t like them. Who doesn’t like to talk about themselves? (If you raised your hand…you’re a liar, or a religious extremist. And you lose!)
AK: Love this word. Senses are the most important. Touching and smelling, tasting and feeling, seeing and… well, the rest is a hard-on and then a messy divorce. Or happily-ever-after (depending on who is writing the story).
AK: Aren’t you supposed to never say “never”? Well, I try. Just say yes and it’s amazing how many cool people, places and things will come into your live. And never say “never” to an adventure. It’s all about adventure.
AK: The opposite of never. Every, always, forever: these are all things I like. Collecting. I want to taste every kind of mushroom on the planet. I want to meet every cool person in Pakistan. I want to try wearing everything cashmere from my shoes to baseball cap. I want to have every one think this interview is, at least, interesting.
AK: The root word is key. Wonder. I love to wonder, be ponderous, and think! But I also want to inspire wonder. In my art or in my books, photographs, etc. Wonder. Everyone should wonder.
AK: So much better than “mine”. The word “mine” is too selfish. Yours sound benevolent. Giving. Great. Gorgeous. It’s all yours. Take it. Run with it. You get the point.
AK: Next best thing to “yours” is “ours” because that means we get to share it. Now of course this isn’t very good when it involves sharing a flight delay of three hours sitting on a runway. But it is amazing when it means sharing a long walk on the beach and then a campfire and sex under the stars.
AK: Always be prepared, the boy scouts say. Well, fuck the boy scouts. They’re a bunch of homophobes. So I just say: Be Ready. Always. Ready for “wonder”, for “yours” and for finding a rare bird in Los Angeles.
AK: That’s how you pronounce my last name. It’s not “crotch” or “cratch”. Just “krok”, like a crock of shit. Or a crock pot. But spelled Krach.